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August 21, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Pair charged with killing North Seattle man in December

A 51-year-old Lake Stevens man and a 49-year-old Seattle woman were each charged today with first-degree murder in connection with the slaying of a decorated Navy veteran inside his North Seattle apartment in December.

Charles Jungbluth was arrested on Thursday for investigation of homicide after DNA evidence gathered inside victim Francis “Patrick” Fleming’s ransacked apartment linked him to the slaying, according to Seattle police. Jungbluth has been held at the King County Jail in lieu of $2 million bail. Co-defendant, Gilda Ramirez, was also charged today with first-degree murder and is being held in lieu of $2 million bail.

Fleming, 70, was found dead inside his apartment in the Four Freedoms senior independent-living center, in Seattle’s Bitter Lake neighborhood, on the night of Dec. 8. His neighbor and companion, Rosemary Garnett, told The Times last week that she found him dead.

King County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Carla Carlstrom said that Jungbluth and Ramirez are co-defendants in a theft and trafficking-in-stolen property case. The two “are known to early their livelihood by committing financial crimes, often against vulnerable adults …” Carlstrom wrote in charges.

A third suspect is being investigated for an alleged connection to Fleming’s death, Carlstrom said in charges.

In June, the Lake Stevens man was charged in King County District Court with first- and second-degree theft for allegedly stole pricey items from a Seattle landlord as part of a loosely organized crime scheme involving two other defendants.

Seattle police Detective Cloyd Steiger, in his police report, wrote that Fleming’s throat was cut and he “suffered several superficial stab wounds consistent with him being tortured.”

Fleming’s coin collection was missing along with other items, Steiger wrote.

Fleming served 20 years in the Navy, and he was twice awarded the Purple Heart for wounds he suffered while serving in Vietnam, police said. After his years in the Navy, Fleming returned home and worked as a security officer.

 

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